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Rays have released catcher Rene Rivera

With Rene Rivera, pictured, released, it appears Hank Conger will be the backup to Curt Casali.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

With Rene Rivera, pictured, released, it appears Hank Conger will be the backup to Curt Casali.

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UPDATE, 4:04: The team has since announced the move, with manager Kevin Cash saying Curt Casali and Hank Conger will split time behind the plate.

DEVELOPING: The Rays have released C Rene Rivera, the Times has learned.

Rivera confirmed the move. "I was surprised,'' he told the Times. "I was having a good spring.''

By releasing Rivera today, the Rays save three-fourths of his $1.7-million salary as they have to pay only 45 days terminaton pay.

With Rivera released, it appears Hank Conger will be the backup to Curt Casali.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 4:04pm]

    

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